I admit that I’m a hoarder, but the one thing I refuse to hoard is product packaging. There’s just too much of it, and I don’t get why retailers or food companies still indulge in over-packaging. So for today’s DIY, I transformed a cracker box into something pretty. I also made a commitment to not purchase anything new for this project, because it feels good to be good to Mother Nature.
I used a cracker box from Trader Joe’s, but any cardboard product will work as well.
ZOMG these are sooooo good.
- Product packaging (it should be at least 10 inches in length to work)
- Paint (spray paint works the best but I used regular acrylic because of my commitment not to buy anything new)
- Lots of glue (I used my glue stick and Elmer’s craft glue, but I would recommend something much stronger)
- Paper cutter (scissors will work but you want precision for an even surface)
I first painted my cracker box in red. The smart thing to do is to spray paint it after it’s finished, but I didn’t want to buy anything, so….
Using a ruler, mark 1/4 inch markers with a pencil to guide the cutting process.
Cut 1/4 inch strips with a paper cutter.
Fold each strip in half and glue the ends together. Hint: use a paper clip to clamp them together while the glue dries.
When the ends dry, press down on the fold of the other end, apply some glue at the joint, and glue the fold together.
When the glue dries completely (this is an important note as I was impatient and had a few “oh sh*t” moments because I couldn’t wait), bulge out the middle of the strip by holding both ends together. Glue the bulged part to the next strip, along with the tip (but don’t worry so much about the tips coming together as this can be done later).
Keep going for like ever until you come full circle.
Take your glue and douse it over the middle portion with a toothpick.
Allow the glue to dry for a few hours, turn the whole thing over, and do the same on the other side. This will secure your trivet in place (it will feel wobbly if not). I left mine overnight to dry just to be sure. You’ll want to do the same thing (trust me).
It can be used as a trivet…
…or a wall hanging.
If you’re ambitious, you can add a clock face or mirror to the middle. My vision is to make a few more in various sizes and colors and hang them on the imaginary wall space we have left in our house.
And that’s how you turn product packaging into pretty.